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Re: Unilang: the Morphology

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, April 20, 2001, 18:25

Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...> writes:
> must. > e.g. know what belongs to different subordinate clauses & what to the main > clause.
Hmm, in my current conlang this is not always clear (but often). It can be inferred from context in most cases. Examples: jo tax su Na-li hjung. I watch REF Mary strong. Either: jo tax [su Na-li hjung]. `I watch Mary, who is strong.' or [jo tax su Na-li] hjung. `Mary, whom I watch, is strong.' Basically, this is a difference in focus. However, you *can* make it clear in my language. Should I rethink the design? :-) Oh yeah, and from my point of view, the following categories should not be grammaticalized in auxlangs: - case: use word order, it's easier -> English (almost) - number: can be inferred or optionally marked -> Japanese - definedness: can be inferred or optionally marked -> Russian, Chinese, Japanese, etc. - tense, mood, aspect: can be inferred or optionally marked -> many. Ok, maybe interrogative mood is a good thing to have. I threw out all of these from my current conlang, although it's not meant to be an auxlang, but a simplistic test. **Henrik